When a person shows up to participate here at MARR, whether they are a client or not, they become part of a community that they can remain involved in for the rest of their life. This community is a network that extends across the United States. It consists of alumni who’ve gone through the programs here, family members of past clients, former and current staff members, and volunteers.
Our guest today is a prime example of how this community can remain a central part of somebody’s life and recovery even as their circumstances change. Ashley McQueen came to MARR as a client in 2005, and even though he was discharged, he never left. He went from client to volunteer to sponsor to counselor without really planning on doing any of that. In this mini-episode, he talks about the principles of the therapeutic community that he learned as a client and that he continues to practice as a staff member.